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Charges Wyatt Favors Public Housing Work By Robert J. Lewis Joseph Myerhoff, president of the National Association of Home Build ers, today charged Housing Admin istrator Wyatt with “bad faith and favoring public housing projects at the expense of private builders.” In a sharply-worded open letter to the housing administrator, Mr. Myerhoff asked Mr. Wyatt: “For whom are you expediting— for the Federal Public Housing Au thority and the National Housing Agency, or for the veterans who are looking to the emergency housing program for homes?” The home builders’ criticism cen tered on a recent Government order granting top priority on materials to the FPHA so that agency could complete construction this year of 200(000 temporary housing units for veterans and student veterans, of which the Washington area is sched uded to get about 3,000 units. Program Slows Down. The temporary dwellings are being converted by private builders under contract to FPHA from prefabri cated housing used previously by war workers, and from Army and Navy barracks. Recently the conversion program has slowed down due to inability to obtain certain materials. Last Sunday Mr. Wyatt pointed out that the conversion program had been “seriously retarded,” an nounced that the Civilian Produc tion Administration would approve “top priority ratings for materials needed in the temporary program to solve work stoppages which have al ready occurred or which are immi nent within 30 days.” Limited Use for Priorities. He explained that priorities would continue “only for the time needed to cure or prevent” shutdowns, that he expected their use would be lim ited largely to the next 30 days,” and said it was estimated the ratings would be for “3 per cent or less” of the production of any single itenr during that period.” In today's statement, Mr. Meyer hoff said the temporary housing program was “sold to Congress” and at that time was "presented as a program which would require a negligible amount of building ma terials and labor.” Instead, he said, an analysis by home builders “conclusively demon strated” that the 200,000 units pro posed for completion this year in municipalities and college campuses “will require tremendous amounts of wallboard, cast-iron soil pipe, plumbing fixtures, finished flooring, electric wiring and other materials” in short supply. Congress Conferees Will Discuss District Budget Share Monday House and Senate conferees on the $79,400,000 District appropria tions bill for the new fiscal year have been called to meet at 2 pun. Monday, with indications they may agree on most of the detailed points of difference at that time. The main issue in conference is the Senate proposal to raise the Federal share of District expenses from $6,000,000 to $10,000,000 for the coming year. This issue, how ever, will have to be taken back to the House for a separate vote before a final agreement is reached on the bill. In addition to the appropriations bill, there may be action by the Senate District Committee next week on several important legisla tive matters, according to Acting Chairman Hoey, Democrat, of North Carolina. The committee has already been called to meet Thursday on the re appointment of James H. Flanagan for another term on the Public Util ities Commission. Senator Hoey said he hopes to complete before that meeting a subcommittee study authorized yesterday into the child day-care center bill, already passed by the House. He said there also is a possibility proposed pay increases for teachers, policemen and firemen may come up Thursday. Spring Valley Gets Extra Police Guard Extra police have been assigned to the Spring Valley section in an effort to stop a series of housebreak ings harassing home owners there, the Police Department reported to day. The matter came to a climax Thursday night when Delos G. Smith, an attorney living at 5126 Tilden street N.W., went to the eighth precinct to complain about “lack of police protection.” While Mr. Smith was complaining, thieves looted his home, but were frightened off by his son, Robert, 18, who re turned in time to see two youths flee from the house and escape with two girls in an automobile. A neighbor, Lt. Col. Earl W. McComas, 5160 Tilden street N.W., whose house was ransacked last Monday accompanied Mr. Smith to the police station to ask for more protection. On June 8 the home of Walter Bradshaw, 5100 Tilden street N.W., was entered. Mr. Bradshaw told po lice a total of $2,500 in jewelry and liquor was taken. Last September Mr. Smith’s home was broken into and several hundred dollars worth of clothing was taken. The burglars Thursday took about $30 in personal items from the Smith home, according to police. Telephone Workers To Oppose Byrd ly tht Associated Press RICHMOND, Va., June 22.—Mem bers of the Virginia Federation of Telephone Workers, some 4,500 strong and employed by the Chesa peake & Potomac Telephone Co. in Virginia, will be asked by the general council of the VFTW to oppose the re-election of Senator Byrd, Democrat, of Virginia because of what it terms his “opposition to all progressive legislation favorable to labor.” This action was taken by the eouncil at the closing session of a two-day meeting here yesterday, the eouncil directing that its members be informed of the “necessity for defeating Senator Byrd and electing •ome one more favorable to labor.” PRESBYTERIAN LEADERS—Three Washington area residents who were elected to important positions at the 21st annual conference of the Baltimore Synod of the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A. this week at Frederick, Md. Mrs. D. Hobart Evans, Hyattsville (left), was elected vice president of the Woman’s Synodical Society for Missions; Mrs. Archibald Smith was chosen president of the Women's Washington City Presbytery and the Rev. D. Hobart Evans of Hyattsville was elected moderator of the Baltimore Synod. —Star Staff Photo. $1.50 Basic Tax Rate Continued for Year in Montgomery County Montgomery County’s basic Hax rate of $1.50 on each $100 of assessed value was continued for the next fiscal year in the county levy signed this morning by the County Com missioners at the Rockville Court house. The Commissioners rejected County Supervisor Willard F. Day’s recommendation that the tax rate be raised 25 cents on each $100 of assessed property value. The tax rate adopted has been in effect for the past nine years. In a statement issued today by County Commissioners Julius P. Stadler, Richard H. Lansdale and Harvey J. White, they emphasized that they had provided all of the funds in the new levy asked by the county Board of Education for the operation, maintenance and im provement of the county’s school system, including $66,000 asked by the Board of Education and rec ommended for removal from the school budget by the county super visor. Teachers’ Salaries Raised. The items provided include $238, 000 gross increase in school teach ers’ salaries and school bus driv ers, which is the amount that the county teachers’ association request ed, and the increase in janitors’ salaries asked by the Board of Edu cation. The school budget also includes a $10,000 appropriation to start a junior college in the county and includes the increased operating allowance requested by both the Board of Education and the county parent-teacher associations. “We have further voted,’’ they continued, “to add the county levy of $li,W7 in welfare board salary increases which are now being paid but which the county supervisor recommended be not included in the levy." Mrs. Meyer Urges U. S. Health Program Adoption of a "national co-ordinated health, education and security pro gram,” to be administered by a Federal Welfare Department with cabinet status, was urged on Con gress yesterday by Mrs. Eugene Meyer, wife of the head of the World Bank. Mrs. Meyer offered this solution to the Senate Labor Committee during hearings oira bill offered by Senator Pepper, Democrat, of Florida, which would authorize appropriation of $100,000,000 for maternal and child health services, aid to crippled chil dren, and child welfare services. The hearings were resumed at 10 a.m. today. Mrs. Meyer said she agreed with the measure’s objectives, but opposed the plan for administration of the program by the Children’s Bureau of the Labor Department. Rather than enact new legislation, Congress simply should increase existing grants-in-aid to the States for child and maternal services, she declared. At the same time, it was an nounced that a joint Senate-House conference will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday to iron out details of a bill providing for a multi-million dollar institute of mental health at Bethesda, Md. Both houses have agreed to au thorize expenditure of $10,000,000 a year for the bill’s proposed na tional drive to reduce mental illness and related problems through re search and personnel training. The Bethesda institution would be the focal point for such a campaign. The House approved $4,500,000 for the Bethesda center, and the Senate $7,500,000. Presbyferian Women Elect Mrs. D. H. Evans As Vice President By Caspar Nannes Star Staff Correspondent FREDERICK, Md., June 22.—Mrs. D. Hobart Evans of Hyattsville (Md.) Presbyterian Church, retiring president of the Woman’s Synodical Society for Missions, was elected one of the organization’s vice presidents at the annual meeting at Hood Col lege here yesterday. The society held its convention in conjunction with the 21st annual conference of the Synod of Balti more Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, which ended its meetings Thursday. Mrs. Evans is the wife of the Rev. D. Hobart Evans, pastor of Hyatts ville Presbyterian Church, who was elected moderator of the Baltimore Synod for 1946-7. Baltimore Woman Chosen. Mrs. J. F. Turner of Baltimore was chosen president of the women’s society, other vice presidents elect ed were Mrs. George J. Riester, Baltimore, and Mrs. Walter S. Shep pard, Salisbury, Md. Mrs. Carlton Guenther was chosen secretary and Mrs. De Witt C. Kothe was selected as treas urer. Both are from Baltimore. Washington area residents elected to office include Mrs. E. Claude Smith, Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, secretary for intermedi ates; Mrs. H. W. Gilbertson, Hyatts ville Presbyterian Church, secretary for hospital sewing; Mrs. Hubert R. Snoke, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, secretary for membership; Mrs. Lewis H. Russell, Chevy Chase Church, secretary for spiritual life groups, and Mrs. Wilbur La Roe, Jr., secretary for social education and action. Mrs. Smith Re-elected. Mrs. Archibald Smith of Eastern Presbyterian Church was re-elected head of the Washington City Pres bytery for the womens society for the fourth year. A plea for better understanding between racial groups was made yes terday by Miss Mary Stewart Hoop er of the Board of National Mis sions at the women’s society meet ing. Miss Hooper declared preju dice plays into the hands of those who are against democracy and de grades those who are prejudiced. She also asserted it shuts out the highest and best in Christianity, keeps the world poorer and weaker and impoverisnes the prejudiced. Federal Strike Curb Placed in Navy Bill A rider to the Navy Department $4,100,000,000 appropriation bill pro hibiting employment of any one belonging to a union asserting the right to strike against the Govern ment, has been added today by both houses of Congress. The same provision was tacked on previous appropriation bills. The Senate, however, discussed the rider for the first time late yesterday when it was questioned by Senators Pepper of Florida and Magnuson of Washington, both Democrats. They were reminded that the provision had been placed in the supply bills for the State, Justice and War Departments and in a deficiency bill. The clause pro hibits paying out any money for hiring a worker belonging to a union which claims the right to strike. Senator Ball, Republican, of Min nesota, said the provision was aimed at the United Public Workers of America, CIO, which, he said, re served the privilege of striking. Senator Pepper contended the rider violated the civil rights of Govern ment workers. The Senate accepted it, however, after brief debate. The House previously had approved it. FAMILY BOASTS THREE PILOTS—Capt. Stan Stanton (left) has been flying for Transcontinental Si Western Air, now Trans World Airline, for 13 years. In 1942 his son Jim (center) also became a TWA pilot. Now a second soft, Bud, has joined the firm as first officer after wartime duty with the Air Transport Command. The sons have flown together on commercial routes several times. The elder Capt. Stanton made his home here during the war while flying overseas runs. All now live in Kansas City, Mo.. House Group Clashes Over Report Critical Of U. S. Policy in Italy ly th» Associated Frau House Foreign Affairs Committee members said today that a major reason for their current row over an unpublished subcommittee re port is a section highly critical of American policy toward Italy. This section, they declared, con tends i that what it terms ‘‘soft” treatment of Italy is alienating the friendship of Greece and Yugo slavia. As a result, the report contends, “Yugoslavia is pushed toward Rus sia as Greece is being pushed to ward Russia, because of the policy • • • in giving as good or better treatment to defeated Italy as is being promised and proposed.’ to the others. Policies Criticised. The committee members declared that while press accounts of the report have dwelt on their contro versy over criticism of policy to ward Russia there Is nearly as much discord over the portions concern ing Italy. These legislators, who asked not to be named, added that they will renew their light Monday to obtain committee approval for publication of the dispute-provoking document. Chairman Bloom blocked a vote on the report at a meeting last Wednesday when he announced ‘‘action has been deferred” and hur riedly adjourned the session. Mr. Bloom contended that it would be ‘‘unfair" to publish the report as a committee document, because he said it represents the views of only a few members. Bloom Challenges Report He also told newsmen the views of tho^e members are open to ques tion because their opinions are based on a comparatively short time in Europe. Most of the report is signed by a four-member subcommittee, in cluding Representatives Bolton, Re publican, of Ohio; Gordon, Demo crat, of Illinois; Mundt, Republican, of South Dakota and Ryter, Demo crat, of Connecticut. They toured Europe between August and Oc tober last year. This section condemned what they described as ‘‘unwise appeasement” of Russia. It urged a stiller policy toward the Soviet, and suggested a meeting soon of Premier Stalin and President Truman. Only Mrs. Bolton and Represent ative Mundt signed the portion deal ing with Italy, since the other two left for home before this area was visited. Attitude Called Vapid. This portion declared that Amer ican policy in Italy is "altogether too .vapid, soft and indecisive.” It added: "There is real danger that in the greatly different policy that we are using toward defeated Italy as con trasted with our more understanding policy as used against defeated Ger many and Japan, we may be sowing the seeds of future resentment which, if trouble came to the world again, may well result in much greater disinclination on the part of the smaller powers to throw in their lots with the great democracies.” Painttfls Held InDaaAl' Of Man in Fist Fight Herbert Murphy, 57, of the 900 block of Kennedy street N.W., a painter, was ordered held for grand Jury action yesterday after a coro ner’s jury decided he delivered the punch which caused the death of Angelo Dell’Erba, 63, of the 5000 block of Illinois avenue N.W. According to testimony, Murphy, his wife and Mr. Dell’Erba, who'is a stonemason, were listening to the Louis-Conn fight in a tavern on Georgia avenue near Kennedy street Wednesday night and the two men became involved in an argument as the broadcast ended. The argument continued, after they left the tavern, testimony disclosed, and Mr. Dell’ Erba was struck while he was in the 900 block of Kennedy street N.W. His head hit the sidewalk as he fell. Detective Sergt. John Curtis testi fied that Murphy told him Mr. Dell’ Erba had been “making advances to my wife” during the broadcast. Mr. Dell’Erba died of a fractured skull Thursday in Emergency Hospital. President Signs VA Bill To Complete 76 Hospitals By th» Associated Press President Truman yesterday signed an appropriation bill providing $661,847,988 for various Government operations and in addition giving the Veterans’ Administration $441, 250,000 in new contract authority to complete 76 hospitals. VA already had contract author ity of $331,452,814 for the hospital program, which the hew measure boosts to well above three-quarters of a billion. The bill carries $416,000,000 cash for the Veterans’ Administration, most of it for national service life insurance, and $92,500,000 for the War Department to return the bodies of war dead. The rest of the cash is spread among a number of departments. D. C. Man Is Given Army Merit Award Benjamin Goldberg, 9922 Thir teenth street N.W., member of, the technical staff of the Army Engineer Board, has been presented the Exceptionally Meritorious Civilian Service Award by Col. James C. Marshall, board president, at a Port Myer, Va., ceremony. The award is the highest of its type the War Department can confer. Mr. Goldberg, assistant chief of the Board’s Reflector Research Laboratory,, was honored for his “outstanding work in conducting and supervising research programs and improving the art of metal mirror manufacture.” Wounded Shooting Targets Douglas Shaw, 18, of the 4800 block of Twenty-ninth street, South Arlington, was in an undetermined condition in Walter Reed Hospital today as the result of gunshot wounds in the right leg* received while shooting targets near Dick erson, Md„ late yesterday, Mont gomery County police reported. Gospel Quintette to Sing The Eppley Sisters Gospel Quin tette of Manchester, Pa., will pre sent a musical program at 3 p.m. to morrow at the Columbia Baptist Church, Lee highway and Columbia street, Falls Church, Va. District VFW Elects Tonight; Delays in Housing Reported The District Department, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will elect new officers at the last session of the department’s annual three-day con vention, to be held at 8 o’clock to night In Carpenters Hall, Tenth and K streets N.W. A business meeting last night was taken up entirely with reports and recommendations of incumbent of fices and committee reports. Reporting on housing problem; as chairman of the Combined Veterans’ Committee, VFW member L. H. Nevllle-Thompson charged that the District’s $200,000 construction pro gram for 950 temporary housing unitrf for veterans has hit “unac counted for” bottlenecks. Reports Delay. Mr. Nevllle-Thompson said 300 of the units were to be ready by August 15, and the rest by October. The units are to be consstructed in or near par£ areas. He sale] he visited a Fort Da ds site near Pennsylvania and Alaba; 'a avenues SR. yesterday and found;- instruction “way behind schedule” f i a 100-unit project. Another* )t the committee's pro grams, ar ring that Metropolitan police to tinely check every con struction and repair job in the city to mair certain building permits have /#en Issued, is ready to get under way, he reported. The Na tional Housing Authority will re quest police to carry out the plan through the Commissioners, he said, adding that Maj. Harvey G. Cal lahan, police superintendent, has indicated he Is in favor of the program. Mr. Neville-Thompson said the program was initiated when a spokesman from Housing Adminis trator Wilson Wyatt’s office told the committee "black market materials’’ were being delivered at night to construction sites here from out of the city and that other unauthor ized construction was under way. Several eviction cases among vet erans are also being investigated, Mr. Neville-Thompson said. The committee, representing all the larger veterans’ organizations, was formed in April to investigate hous ing lags and try to determine means of expediting construction. At last night’s meeting 325 dele gates were present, representing 4,715 members in 21 District chap ters. Prank Topash, department commander, presided. Only one of the group’s officers at present is a World War II veteran, but mem bers predicted a number of “young er men” would be elected at to night's session. Secret Service Man Quits To Begin Study for Ministry Walter A. Haman of 4215 Second road north, Arlington, Va„ a Secret Service man at the White House, announced today that he has re signed from the service to study for the ministry. He is leaving the Dis trict soon to attend the summer session of Columbia Bible College at AsheviUe, N. C., and will-enter Kings College at Newcastle, Del., in Sep tember. Mr. Haman will be ac companied by his wife and their 4-year-old son, Walter A. Haman, jr. , A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Haman was associated with his father in the roofing sheet metal business in his home city after he was graduated from high school. He joined the Pennsylvania State police in 1934, remaining with that organization until 1940. He came to Washington in that year to join the Secret Service, being assigned in April, 1941, to the White House de tail. Mr. Haman 1s a member of the National Tabernacle at 6440 Piney Branch road N.W. He is also a member of the National Committee for Christian Leadership, the Wash ington Christian Businessmen's Committee and the Gideons Society. The Secret Service man said he was wished the best of luck by Pres ident Truman and by friends on the White House detail with him. Evans, Ex-Klan Head, Gets Bill for $300,000 Taxes •y tha Associated Press The United States Tax Court has handed a bill for more than $300,000 to Hiram W. Evans, former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, for in come taxes for 1937 through 1941. Mr. Evans, of Atlanta, Ga., way held by Judge Samuel B. Hill to be liable for most of the $354,500.83 which the Government claimed he owed from profits of a group of road-building material companies. Court records showed Mr. Evans paid $8,105.56 in taxes for the years involved. Attorneys for the Government and Mr. Evans were ordered by Judge Hill ■» to figure the exact amount of taxes due under his 27 page decision. Judge Hill ruled that various partnerships were organized by Mr. Evans “only as devices to reduce the income taxes of the Evans family.” Agricultural Mission Is Flying to China ly tho Associated Prats Eight agricultural specialists, headed by Dr. Claude B. Hutchison, vice president and dean of agricul ture at the University of California, left Washington yesterday by plane on a mission to China. The mission, sponsored jointly by the State and Agricultural Depart ments, is intended to assist the Chi nese in overcoming agricultural problems caused by the war. Mem bers will remain in China until Oc tober. Those accompanying Dr. Hutch ison include Dr. Raymond T. Moyer. John Lossing Buck and Harley L. Crane of the Agriculture Depart ment. Two members of the mission al ready are in China. They are R. A, Nesbit, College Park. Md„ and B. L Hummel, Blacksburg, Va. New Rules Let 41,000 Return From Japan ■ / th« Associated Press YOKOHAMA, June 22. — Under: the new standards for the return of servicemen to the United States, approximately 41,000 men will be eligible-for shipment from Japan in the next two months, the 8th Army said today. If shipping is available all enlisted men with 23 months of service, as of June 30, and all enlisted nonvol unteer fathers in Japan will be en route home by August 10, and en listed men with 21 months* service as of June 30 will be on their way by August 31. QUEEN FOR A NIGHT—Brig. Gen. Albert L. Cox, commander of the District National Guard and a Masonic past master, crowns Miss Viola Cooke Queen of the Night of Thrills. John A. Rose, 6, of 821 Geranium court N.W., one of the train bearers, looks on. —Star Staff Photo. Night of Tbrills Draws Biggest 'Gate' as 20,000 Attend The first peacetime Night of Thrills since 1941 drew perfect weather and more than 20,000 per sons at Griffith Stadium last night to give the Masonic and Eastern Star Home the largest gate receipts since the annual affair first was presented. Queen of the evening, Miss Viola Cooke, 19; daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cooke of 2005 Kearney street N.E., was crowned by Albert L. Cox shortly before the grand parade began at 8:30. Miss Cooke, wearing a white dress with red ribbons, expressed her appreciation on being chosen ‘‘to reign as the Queen of Thrills for 1946.” . Griffith Greets Crowd. Among the queen’s princesses were three former queens: Miss Doris Rook, 1942; Miss Dorothy Niedfeldt, 1943, and Miss Dorothy Lewis, 1945, all of Bethel No. 2, Job’s Daughters. Washington’s “grand old" man of baseball,’’ Clark Griffith, stood by Miss Cooke as he greeted the crowd—reminiscent of past years and past queens. The parade, which lasted half an hour as the marchers circled the field and lined up for “inspection” on the opposite side from the queen, was composed of military detachments led by Brig. Gen. Harry R. Kutz, United States Army; the Almas Temple Shrine Band, the American Legion Guard of Honor, Tall Cedars Drill Team, Metropoli tan PoliceJ3oys Band, Bethel March ing Units, Job's Daughters and others. Circus Presented. Following the parade, the Frank Wirth Shows set up its four-ring circus, with clowns, tumbling acts and trained dogs. Thrills were pro vided by Miss Myrtle Dunedin, riding a unicycle; the Karolis with their hand balancing; Don Dorsey on the trapeze, and many others. Bands of the evening included the Washington Gas Light Co. Band and Goldman’s 20-piece or chestra, under the direction of Norman Goldman. Shortly after 10:30, as it has always been in the past, “Taps” was sounded—ending another Night of Thrills. Counsel Will Present Final Arguments in Rollins Trial Tuesday By th« Auociatad P'mi ANNAPOLIS, June 22.—A seven officer Navy general court-martial will hear final arguments from op posing counsel Tuesday in the case of Chief Steward Walter W. Rollins, colored, charged with two sex of fenses and with theft, embezzle ment. gambling and misconduct. Testimony ended yesterday when the defense called four witnesses. Rollins has pleaded innocent to all charges. The key defense witness was John H. G. Poole, senior civil engineer at the Naval Academy, who testified he belleveAft impossible for a prose cution witness to have seen all he claimed to have observed while peer ing into Rollins' room through an aperture in the wall. Curtis Carter, colored enlisted man, had testified previously that he had seen Rollins and Mrs. Mar garet A. Sima, blond wife of a Naval Academy bandsman, in Rollins' room while Mrs. Sima was partially disrobed. He testified he had seen them by looking through the aperture around a ventilating duct between his and Rollins’ room. Mr. Poole brought into court two diagrams he had drawn and which he said showed that it would have been impossible for Carter to have observed what Carter had testified he had seen. Mrs. Sima, in her testimony dur ing the early days of the trial, had denied that she had at any time been in a room with Rollins when other persons were not pres ent. Three admirals testified as char acter witnesses for Rollins. They were Rear Admiral John R. Beardall, former academy superin tendent; Vice Admiral Arthur W. Radford and Rear Admiral Sam uel P. G. Binder. Admiral Rad ford appeared in person. The other two submitted depositions. Mr. Poole and the three ad mirals were the only defense wit nesses. Their testimony took only one day. The prosecution’s case had lasted 14 days. Woman and Son Rescued From Crippled Motorboat Mrs. Mildred Clarkson and her son Jack, of 3856 Porter street N.W., were rescued yesterday by a Coast Ouard craft after being adrift all night on rainswept Penobscot Bay, near Rockland, Me., the Associated Press reported. The 33-foot motorboat in which the District residents were sailing with James P. Fleet, Chicago sum mer resident of Pleasant Point, and other fishing trip companions, de veloped engine trouble, it was said. In a telephone call to a relative here. Mrs. Clarkson said she and her son were “perfectly all right” and contemplated continuing their vacation in the Maine summer re sort. Mr. Fleet told authorities none of the party suffered ill effects from the experience. 7 Seized in Gaming Raids Post Bonds; 12 Others Arrested A series of raids yesterday after noon and last night by members of Inspector Oscar J. Letter-man's gam bling squad led to the arrest of seven persons on charges of violat ing gambling laws and 12 others on disorderly conduct charges. In what police said was a “horse and numbers" place in the 200 block of H street N.W., three persons were i arrested and a large quantity of betting equipment seized. Police i charged David Alvin Frank, 62, of ! that address, with setting up a gam |ing table, permitting gaming, oper 1 ating a lottery and possession of | lottery slips. He was released in i $3,000 bond. Richard Anderson, 32. same ad* dress, was charged with operating a lottery and released in $1,000 bond. Rubby Armstrong, 27, of the 5000 block of Hanna street S J5., was released in $500 bond after being charged with accepting a bet. Arrested in'an automobile parked in the 1400 block of Belmont street N.W. were Stephen Bolton, 46. col ored, of the 2300 block of Seven teenth stret N.W.; Leonard K. Long, 20, colored, of the 2400 block of Sev enteenth street N.W.. and Sam Oli ver. 59. colored, of the 2500 block- of Seventeenth street N.W. All were charged with operating a lottery and released in $1,500 bond each. Hustler Lee Debee. 44, of the first block of H street N.W., was arrested in a cigar store in the first block of G street N.W. and charged with possession of lottery slips. He posted $50 collateral at the first precinct, police said. All seven will appear either be fore United States Commissioner Needham C. Turnage or in Munici pal Court today. The other 12, arrested in a house in the 200 block of K street N.W. while playing dice forfeited $10 each on the disorderly conduct charges. Virginia U. to Punish False Alarm Ringers By »h* Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE. Va., June 22.—The University of Virginia has announced that the persons respon sible for turning in a false alarm to the Chi Phi house the night of May 31 and precipitating a dispute between the university and the volunteer fire compare will be punished. With the agreement to take ac tion against the students and by further agreeing to other terms pro posed by the volunteers, a three week feud between the college and the firemen appeared settled. Plans Radio Talk Edward S. Northrop, Democrat antiorganization candidate for the State Senate from Montgomery County, and Einar B. Christensen, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for State’s attorney, will speak in a 15-minute broadcast at 9:30 o’clock tonight over Station WMAL. New Books Reviewed in Tomorrow’s Sunday Star “TWb WORLDS,” by William B. Ziff. (Harper Bros.) s "THE OLD COUNTRY,” by Sholom Aleichem. (Crown Publishers.) “THE SCARLET TREE,” by Sir Osbert Sitwell. (Atlantic-Little, Brown.) , “THE ROMANCE OF CASANOVA,” by Richard Aldington. (Duell, Sloan & Pearce.) THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE TRAINS GO BY,” by Georges Simenon. (Reynal & Hitchcock.) “LAST CHAPTER,” by Ernie Pyle. (Henry Holt & Co.) -and others FOR BOOK NEWS READ ff)E Sunday §faf Ringleader and Aides Sentenced in $4,300 Safe Robbery Job A series of housebreaking and larceny cases, in which safecrack ings played a leading part, wera disposed of in District Court yes terday when Justice Alexander Holtzoll sentenced one man to serve from 5 to 15 years and gave lesser sentences to five others, all colored. Wallace Hart, 31, listed as having no local address, described as s “ringleader” of the group, was given the long term. Hart was sen tenced in two cases. In one of them he and accomplices obtained a safe, containing (4,300, last De cember from a cleaning establish ment in the 1200 block of South Capitol street after reportedly tying up a watchman and another man. One of Hart’s accomplices in that case, Velga L. Allen, 23, of the 800 block of First street N.W., was given two to six years in the one case and a similar sentence in another case, the sentences to run concurrently. The other, Sylvester Wilkins, 20, of no local address, was given from one to three years. All three had pleaded guilty in the *4,300 theft. Other Cases Disposed of. Additional safebreaking cases were disposed of through trial and some through dismissals. All the defend ants were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sylvan Schwartz. Others sentenced yesterday in safe jobs were James C. Jones, 21, 4600 block of Hayes street N.E., who re ceived from two to six years on a housebreaking and larceny charge in a $500 safe job; Louis E. Harris, 18, of the 1600 block of Sixth street N.W., who got from one to three years, and Elvin C. Boulden, 28, of the first block of Quincy street N.E., who was given a suspended sentence by Justice Holtzoff and placed on probation. Hart, Allen and Harris previously had been sentenced in another case by Justice James M. Proctor of Dis trict Court, but that sentence is to run concurrently with sentences given yesterday, it was said. Mr. Schwartz said some of the cases were dismissed because it was felt those on which either convic tions or guilty pleas were obtained provided for adequate penalties. Sentenced in Shooting. Altogether about 45 persons were sentenced yesterday in District Court. Grover Brown, 28, colored, of the 2000 block of Portner place N.W., was given from 16 months to four years by Justice Henry A. Schwein haut on a charge of manslaughter in the fatal shooting last February of James W. Scott, 32, colored, of the first block of H street N.E. Others sentenced included Ray mond I. Johnson, 29, colored, 1700 block of Eighth street N.W., who | was given from 18 months to four ' and a half years by Justice Holtz j off on narcotic charges; John O. | Poindexter, 19, of the 600 block of 1 C street S.W., who was given from j three to nine years by Justice Holtz off, on housebreaking charges; Stanley E. Condolon, 63, of the 700 ! block of N street N.W., who was given from eight months to two years by Chief Justice Bolitha J. Laws for shooting and wounding Eugene L. Orr, 50, whose address was given in the same block. Nonhousing Building Cut by Two-Thirds - By the Associated Press Success in slashing the amount of nonresidential building was re ported last night by the Civilian Production Administration. Approvals of commercial and other nonhousing construction proj ects dropped to $9,129,000 daily in the first two weeks of June, com pared with the mid-May rate of $29,110,000 daily, CPA Administrator John D. Small said. ‘‘This reduced figure more than meets the goal of a two-thirds cut in approvals,” his announcement said. The reduction was ordered by Mr. Small on May 29 after Hous ing Expediter Wilson Wyatt com plained that building materials were being diverted from housing into store, factory and other types of building. Simultaneously the Federal Hous ing Administration announced it would exert ‘‘downward pressure” on new-home prices by fixing new and lower mortgage ceilings under the renewed wartime ‘‘Title VI." Housing prices will tend to remain unnecessarily high, FHA Commis sioner Raymond Foley said, as long as inflated costs “can be financed through being reflected in mort gage borrowing.” The new ceilings, varying from city to city, range from $6,000 to $8,100 on three-bedroom houses in cluding garage. Senate Votes Silver Price Boost to 90.3 Cents July 1 By th« Associated Pr#*» A boost in the price of silver from 71.11 to 90.3 cents an ounce on July 1 and to $1.29 two years later tfon approval of the Senate yesterday a* a part of the annual appropriation bill for the Treasury and Post Office Pepartments. It went through without a dissent, ing vote as Senators who fought} it and lost in the Appropriations Com mittee decided to pin their hopes *on the House's refusing to accept it. 'At It came from the House, the bill pro vided for continuing the silver pijce at 71.11 cents for two years. Under existing law, the Treasury is required to buy all newly-mined domestic silver, it pays the pro ducer 71.11 cents an ounce. It has been permitted to sell surplus sifter to industrial users at the same price. Silver that is minted or used, as backing for paper dollars by the Treasury takes on a monetary value of $129 an ounce. The difference between that and the 71.11 emits paid for the silver is called seignor age. Silver State Senators long h§ve contended that it represented an Un fair profit to the Treasury. VPI Alumni Elect W. C. Bowles President By'the Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va.f June 22.^ W. C. (Billy) Bowles of Washing ton, yesterday was elected president of the Virginia Polytechnic Insti tute Alumni Association. He suc ceeds Cyrus Hankins, also of Wash ington. > Mr. Bowles was a member of' the class of 1923 and was a Gobbler track star In college.